“I’m not saying anything” – Trump asked if he supports universal background checks

Yesterday Trump was asked by a reporter what he supports regarding background checks and gun control. Here’s what he had to say…

Q Could just be a little clearer on the gun — your gun position? I don’t —


Q Your position on background checks and guns. What would you support exactly?

THE PRESIDENT: So, Congress is looking at it very strongly. Bipartisan. I put in certain parameters, which you somewhat know about. I’m also very, very concerned with the Second Amendment, more so than most Presidents would be. People don’t realize we have very strong background checks right now.

If you go in to buy a gun, you have to sign up. There are a lot of background checks that have been approved over the years. So I’ll have to see what it is.

But Congress is meeting. Bipartisan. A lot of people want to see something happen. But just remember this: Big mental problem, and we do have a lot of background checks right now.

Q But you’re not willing to support universal background checks right now?

THE PRESIDENT: I’m not saying anything. I’m saying Congress is going to be reporting back to me with ideas. And they’ll come in from Democrats and Republicans. And I’ll look at it very strongly. But just remember, we already have a lot of background checks. Okay? Thank you.

I’m glad for one that Trump is now acknowledging that we do already have ‘a lot of background checks’. It’s true, we don’t need more background checks. They are already in force at gun shows and gun stores in America.

Perhaps they need to be strengthened at the federal level with respect mental health? That seems to be what Trump is indicating when he says things like “Big mental problem”. He’s emphasized mental health a lot in recent past.

With respect to Trump dodging the question about universal background checks, I wouldn’t be too worried about that – at least not yet. It appears to me, with the way he worded his answer, that he doesn’t want to stifle any bipartisan work he’s doing on this issue. And he knows very well that if he indicates support for universal background checks, it will be a catastrophe for him on the right.

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61 thoughts on ““I’m not saying anything” – Trump asked if he supports universal background checks

  1. We are going to have to fight tooth and nail for our 2A. We must vote, participate in rallies, donate to groups, etc. We lose the 2A, the rest of the bill of rights go with it.

    1. Yes and we can’t ever legislate away evil. It has always existed, always will and I for one am not willing to strip anybody of any rights on the possibility they may commit some crime in the future. That imo is a very dangerous road to go down.

  2. “Perhaps they need to be strengthened at the federal level with respect mental health?”

    I listened to Joe Manchin on Fox & he basically said the same thing as above. He was very reasonable. He said he is not in favor of any kind of gun confiscation. They want more information on an individual on the background checks.

    I don’t think Trump is going to do anything detrimental to the 2A. He likes to talk in blanket generalities until he sees what decision he is going to make. We’ll see.

    1. Well beware Manchin as his original bill that failed with Toomey would have been a big infringement on 2A and would basically created a gun registry at the federal level.

  3. That’s hilarious. He clearly heard his previous off-the-cuff remarks on suppressors, background checks, and “due process later” was a lead balloon for many of his supporters who finally found an issue, gun owner’s rights, able to penetrate the loyalty bubble. He never says, “I’m not saying anything,” or “I don’t know.” This is major progress.

    Good, this might just slow things down enough for the weak-kneed, spineless GOP aristocracy to remember their election depends on gun owner’s still believing the GOP is slightly less likely to confiscate guns than the Democrats.

    1. I had also seen Don Jr, was talking to him about expanded background checks and Red Flags being a big concern to him so maybe he is listening to his son instead of Ivanka for once.

    2. With the Daughter in Chief negotiating the deal with congress, my bet is daddy signs whatever she brings.

      Keep in mind, she was a Democrat at the time of the NY primary and could not even vote for her dad in the GOP race.

  4. Sounds to me like he’s heard the message from his supporters that they take the 2A VERY seriously – enough for it to be a deal breaker in 2020.

    So, he’s treading very carefully here in his response until he is absolutely certain where he wants to land – VERY uncharacteristic for him.

  5. A word to the wise Mr President, don’t go near any “red flag” or “enhanced” background check legislation. It will cost you Pennsylvania and Wisconsin just to name two.

    “shall not be infringed”, learn it, live it, obey it.

    1. It will cost him more than that. A second term. And G_d forbid we get a Harris or Warren as President.

    2. The politicians try to clean it up by everything falling under the umbrella of Mental Health. Anybody that has dealt with or known any one who has had a bitter divorce involving child custody and the courts/child services knows how dangerous leaving government to determine who is “fit”.

  6. Trump has no grasp of the 2A. He’s being led around by the nose by the last person in his office. This is going down to the wire.

  7. I would be very cautious to accept this “mental health” narrative because what most of us would mean by that is not what D.C., especially Dems mean. For instance, house Dems are currently pushing for a government list of White Nationalist that would be considered domestic terrorist. Anybody who has watched Dems, media and even some Rino’s over the last few years knows that they deem any Trump supporter as a racist, white supremacist/nationalist. Be very careful when you are willing to give federal government more power. Leave it to the states. Then at least you have a chance by going to a friendlier state if need be.

    1. Very nice post ,lots gf information to consider.I would have preferred President shouted out some guidelines to what he would or would not accept from the Congress.Then I know and the Congress will know what he will not sign.There is nothing in the 2A that is very difficult to understand and it does not come close to suggesting that someone or a group can be declared Terrorist and mentally ill with no rights to have guns.The President is staying too quiet on this issue.Thanks Willtap again nice job.

  8. “I’m also very, very concerned with the Second Amendment, more so than most Presidents would be.” Except for the first 215 years of presidents which didn’t address it due to them knowing this is a non issue. They had no concern because they understood what 2A meant; especially the first 5 or so presidents who lived through the war for freedom.

    1. Once again AT that pesky few words gets left out of the discussion. Let’s just scream mental health enough times and scare the people into giving up another right.

  9. Mental health? Here’s mental health.

    There are crazy people out there who want to kill me, and I need guns to defend myself from them. SOME of those crazy people are in government. I need my guns to defend myself from them, too.

    Them, especially.

    1. Mental health? And I’m supposed to take that f*cking term serious when the same people talking about it are on their knees blowing the LGBT lobby every minute of every day?

  10. “With respect to Trump dodging the question about universal background checks, I wouldn’t be too worried about that – at least not yet.”

    Uh, if Trump can’t simply answer “NO”, then we need to be worried – very worried.

    1. But, bipartisanship. We have to give the aristos everything they want and maybe possibly hopefully they’ll throw us peasants some scraps.

    2. I will take that under advisement but I tend to agree with RS. Seems that Trump knows deep down that it would be unwise to go in that direction as it would be harmful to his reelection campaign.

  11. I wish Trump or someone would advocate for National State Reciprocity Carry as a contingent for anything being done. Why is it liberty is always taken and never any given back?

    1. Because there is no opposition party and the GOP is full of cowards and also people who want more government control and power.

    2. Reciprocity has merit as a stand-alone issue. I would not consider it as trade bait for something that compromises another aspect of the 2A.

      In fact, its time Trump or someone fought to restore the 2A to its original intent and remove the artificial limitations imposed by tyrants on both sides through history. The opportunities for teachable moments are endless. Tweet that, Donald.

  12. There is no bipartisan solution to the gun issue. The only “compromise” is further restriction on guns.

  13. The only additional “check” that that will have ANY EFFECT will be the ones that local officials have to personally write for ignoring the Red Flags currently walking our streets.

    Just say’n.

  14. Once I couldn’t sleep and the doctor gave me one prescription for antidepressants. I’m afraid that they’ll use flimsy excuses like that for confiscation.

    1. that is exactly their goal- and that is exactly why we are now asked every tiem we visit a health clinic “Do you feel depressed? Ever thought opf hurting yourself or others? Are there any guns in the house?”

    2. Did you fill the scrip? If you didn’t, it shouldn’t be in any registry or database of any kind. As long as the scrip never went into the PDMP, you’re fine.

    3. Since one of the Surgeon Generals made gun safety his primary health concern, I’ve thought scenarios like you present are a definite concern. I’m not sure if the same guy still holds the office.

  15. Why didn’t Trump say that 4 times more murders with knives than rifles? Or the mass killers do pass background checks. Or statistics and facts about inner city homicides…

  16. Trump should push for National State Reciprocity Carry. Where it allows folks in blue states that a have difficult time getting carry permits to go to other states and apply and acquire one then forcing their home blue state to recognize it.

    1. See, that’s the dumbassery of the American right.

      You shouldn’t need a f*cking permit period. And someone tell the liberty-hating Doc you shouldn’t need one for a car either.

  17. We have over 20,000 gun laws already on the books- apparently none of them arwe ‘sensible gun laws” and we need more?”

  18. As I’ve said, previous to the NFA in 1934, you could walk into a hardware store and buy a Thompson submachine gun. How many mass shootings did we have back then? Every new law is intended to chip away at our rights until none remain.

  19. I’m getting nervous with some of these positions. I posted this on another thread, but I think it is worth mentioning here. https://sonsoflibertymedia.com/trump-admin-requests-permanent-reauthorization-of-nsa-mass-surveillance-program-edward-snowden-exposed/ Would the mass survelliance help in identifying those with “mental health” issues. And who will fall under “mental health” issues? Conservatives? Gun rights advocates? Constitutional conservatives? Or folks on the Antifa side?

    1. The term has no meaning.

      It applies to anyone you want to persecute and oppress.

      Same principle as dehumanizing a group of people. It makes it that much easier to round them up and kill them. They’re not not/sub-human after all.

    2. With the LGBWTF crowd getting all of the extra rights, it’s only a matter of time before conservatives and Christians are declared unfit

  20. Wow… Maybe Trump is starting to GET it? I hope, because this issue is THE issue that could bust his base.

    1. He is getting a lot of feedback on the Whitehouse.Gov website. Please express your views. They actually seem to listen.

  21. There is no so-called ‘bipartisan’ legislation or compromise that will strengthen 2A protection of our natural rights. None. Full stop.

    In the meantime, the people on the other side of this ‘compromise’ think its perfectly normal to have trans-whatevers reading LGBTQWERTY stories to pre-K kids at your public library. No red flags here.

    So far, Trump signed every piece of legislation that managed to make it to his desk. He also stated he would have signed crapsandwiches like RINOCare if it weren’t for a couple of steadfast Rs in the legislative branch. His track record offers no encouragement.

    Given the clown car full of Democrat Bozos racing to see who can blow up the country first, 2020 is Donald’s election to lose. Its up to people like us to make it crystal clear to 7D Donald that he WILL lose if he accepts any compromise or deal making on the 2A.

    1. He has not even came close to Red Lining,so that makes it even worse when he suggests bipartisan efforts on 2A problems

  22. Trump has governed more conservatively than I thought he would so I’m more pleased than not with his performance so far. Right now I give him a C+ maaaaybe a B-.

    There are two issues which he has to get right if he wants to be re-elected, 1) tariffs, and, 2) gun control. As I see it, he has no margin of error, he has to get both of these issues right.

    If he continues to wage this trade war, the economy tanks and he’s toast.

    If he caves AT ALL on gun control, he alienates enough of his base so they stay home next November and again, he’s toast.

    1. I think we can count on the demorats to load a gun bill up with things the would never pass the senate.
      But I can see Trump signing a gun bill that would expand background check to include private sales. AKA Gun Show loop hole.

  23. The “I’m not saying anything” could be very useful in regards to his use of Tweeter in some cases 😉

  24. Perhaps they need to be strengthened at the federal level with respect mental health? That seems to be what Trump is indicating when he says things like “Big mental problem”. He’s emphasized mental health a lot in recent past.

    I’d be really cautious with that. A favorite tactic of governments is to remove individual rights through the use of drummed up mental problems.

  25. Easy, if you are a Democrat, turn in your guns. Then we will see that, after all, they support having guns.

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